Phyllis (#218) 02-15-13

When I saw Phyllis’ hair, with dreadlock braids, I just had to ask for a portrait. She was walking quickly in fairly bright sunlight. When she stopped at a booth, I made my move. She offered no resistance, and might have been a little flattered to be asked.

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It is not often that I position a subject for backlighting, as I am afraid of not getting light into the eyes. I am fairly pleased with the result. Notice that the light falls on the left side of her head, but the hair on her right shoulder is bright. This is a bit paradoxical; I used some fairly aggressive post processing to make the hair easily visible. I just could not let the dreads go unnoticed.